This pandemic quarantine gives me all the time in the world to re-make my fav snacks and unlimited access to the kitchen, so this wfh thing doesn't really work for me. I end up making snacks with whatever we have in the kitchen. If the pandemic doesn't get me, obesity sure will. Help!

Today I decided to make ketoprak, tofu salad with peanut butter dressing, pandemic version. Meaning, it's a shortcut version due to  laziness the limited ingredients. You can find the full version here.

Like Gado-gado, Ketoprak is an Indonesian salad with peanut sauce dressing. Compare to Gado-gado, Ketoprak has garlic-y peanut dressing and it also has fewer vegetables in it. In fact, the basic ingredients of ketoprak are tofu, beansprout, vermicelli, and the dressing itself. 

Okay, let's take a look at the ingredients we need to make it. I don't use any fix measurement tho, it's all goes by as-my-heart-content. It's anyway a shortcut version of the real thing, but worry not, the taste is exactly the same, guaranteed! 

Ingredients for the salad: 
Vermicelli, blanched, drained, set aside
Beansprout, blanched, drained, set aside
Cucumber, diced,
Eggs, boiled, cut into quarters
Tofu, diced and fried
Kerupuk, I used storebought vegetables chips

Ingredients for the dressing: 
2 tbsp peanut butter, I used Kraft brand, natural
1 garlic, fried until lightly golden brown
1 Thai chilli
2 kaffir lime leaves, torn 
Ketchap manis or gula jawa (Indonesian palm sugar)
1 cup of boiling hot water

Preparing the sauce:
  1. Using mortar pestle, crush the garlic and thai chili (and gula jawa, if you use any) into paste, 
  2. In a bowl, add peanut butter, the garlic and chili mix, torn kaffir lime leaves, mix,
  3. Add water, one table spoon at a time until you reach the consistency you like while continue mixing,
  4. Add salt and ketjap manis, mix well.
Assemble the salad: 
  1. Plate vermicelli, beansprout, cucumber, fried toffu, and eggs
  2. Drizzle the peanut sauce, 
  3. Top it with Kerupuk, and serve.

See, it is that easy! 

PS: Although nothing beats the real peanut butter sauce made from freshly fried peanuts, I have been using peanut butter as a lazy shortcut. I just make sure to use the one that has no sugar added. 

PPS: I crushed the kaffir lime leaves with mortar pestle to get the flavor out


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